Previously, we have discussed the XXX soap from Razorock. Italian Barber sells many artisan soaps which means that there are greater variety in formulation than, say, D.R. Harris.
That being the case, it is worth trying each of its unique soaps. Today we’ll take a look at The Stallion.
The most distinctive quality of this soap is its amazing scent. The soap maker was inspired to develop the scent based on Acqua di Parma Colonia Oud . I can’t comment on how close to that scent Stallion is, as the cologne is extremely expensive.
The creator named the soap after a wet shaving youtuber Anthony Esposito aka. “The Stallion” who introduced him to oud scents. This stuff smells marvelous! Its woody and musky scent is distinctly masculine.
The scent is very pronounced and you will be enjoying the smell throughout your shave. The scent is so powerful that it lingers even after the soap is washed off.
Some shavers use unscented aftershave so the scent of the soap substitutes in for aftershave scent.
The soap loads easily, like all “italian style” soft soaps. The lather builds quickly and easily, though it doesn’t explode as abundantly as XXX.
This soap is less thirsty than the XXX as well and lathered so quickly I got two warm lathers instead of the typical one. The resulting lather was very slick and had just a little bit of cushion.
Like any good shaving soap, the lather lasted throughout all three passes. It was wonderful to continually smell its warm, musky scent throughout my shave.
Stallion is pretty slick. There is also a bit of protective cushion that allows for a small margin of error without flaying your face.
This isn’t the slickest or most cushiony soap ever, but it has a nice balance of those two qualities, making for a comfortable, nick-free shave.
The water sweet spot is also fairly broad; the soap started nice and hydrated and maintained a good consistency throughout all three passes – despite the additional water added with each pass. Though my routine typically involves two passes (WTG and ATG) I added an XTG pass in between just to prolong the experience.
This stuff was great. The lather rinsed easily and cleanly from my face and brush post-shave.
Though there are other soaps out there that perform better than The Stallion, this soap is a strong contender for a place in even the most discerning shaver’s rotation. Its greatest strength is in ease and speed of lather.
The Stallion is excellent for those mornings when time is limited but you still want a quality, enjoyable shave.
The scent is certainly to die for and is a bargain at $11 US from Amazon.com or you can buy it directly from Italian Barber for about the same price. This soap is on my short list of must haves. Amazing.
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